Richard H. Weisberg

Walter Floersheimer Professor of Constitutional Law


B.A., 1965, Brandeis University
Ph.D., 1970, Cornell University
J.D., 1974, Columbia University

Areas of Expertise

Constitutional Law
Law and Literature


Richard H. Weisberg is the Walter Floerhsheimer Professor of Constitutional Law. He is a recent White House appointee to the Commission on the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad. Professor Weisberg has helped litigate successfully in American federal courts on behalf of Holocaust survivors and their heirs, providing a measure of justice for World War II victims of anti-semitism.



President Nicholas Sarkozy of France awarded him the Legion of Honor in 2008. The founding director at Cardozo of the Program on Holocaust/Human Rights Studies and the Floersheimer Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy, he writes widely in those areas, including his book Vichy Law and the Holocaust in France and essays on First Amendment developments in the Supreme Court of the U.S. He is a pioneer in the growing Law and Literature movement worldwide, and his books The Failure of the Word and Poethics have been widely translated. He has taught that subject at many undergraduate institutions in the U.S., at law schools around the country, and in France, Denmark and China, where he is an Honorary Professor of Law at Wuhan University.



His stagings of legal dilemmas in great fictional works have won notices from the New York Times, the National Law Journal, and The New Yorker magazine. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of Rockefeller Foundation, NEH, and ACLS grants. His Ph.D. from Cornell is in French and Comparative Literature. While teaching those subjects on the graduate faculty of the University of Chicago, he earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review. He has been associated with the firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York and Coudert Freres in Paris.

Contact Information


Cardozo School of Law
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New York, NY 10003